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Jewellery Buyers Guide to Tanzanite Bracelets

Magnificent tanzanite is a rare and precious gemstone with a vivid, vibrant colour ranging from a stunning pure blue to a purple or violet blue. With unusual bangles and other wrist-wear currently in vogue, tanzanite bracelets are the ideal choice for luxury fashion.

The following guide will explore some interesting facts about tanzanite gems, as well as outline some top tips when it comes to buying bracelets.


Introducing Tanzanite Gems

Tanzanite is classified as a blue zoisite gem species – it is exceptionally rare as it is found in only one country in the world. This outstanding jewel was brought into the spotlight by none other than the world-famous Tiffany’s.

The primary and secondary hues in tanzanite are blue and purple, not violet. Anchorcert is the only laboratory in the UK to have its own grading system for tanzanite. The stones are split into four colour classifications depending on the intensity of each specimen’s colour.

In addition, the clarity of gems is graded from IF (internally flawless) to 13 (inclusions or minute natural flaws when viewed by the naked eye). Tanzanite is a Type I gemstone, meaning that it is generally eye flawless.


Main Sources of Tanzanite

Tanzanite was discovered in 1967 by Masai tribesmen in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania (Africa). In its natural state, tanzanite is a brown colour – interestingly, the gem went unnoticed until a grassfire swept the land and heated the stones, thereby turning them into sparkling violet-blue stones of superb vibrancy.


Buyers Tips for Tanzanite Bracelets

  • Tanzanite is a fairly soft gemstone, weighing 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Although this means you will have to take a little care to ensure tanzanite jewellery doesn’t suffer too many knocks or scratches, its stunning beauty makes it more than worth it.
  • Top quality, deeply saturated tanzanite gems stones rated AAAA are becoming extremely rare due to high demand.
  • The colour saturation more than many other gems defines the quality grading of tanzanite – if a stone does not display the intense hue that tanzanite is famous for, it will not be a good buy.
  • Tanzanite can be flawless or heavily included (many inherent fissures visible to the naked eye) – this reflected in its clarity grade, which is key in highly valued specimens. In addition to harming the clear beauty of the stone, inner cracks or bubbles could increase in size over time and cause the gem to break. Nevertheless, for those whose budget does not stretch to the best quality tanzanite (grade IF), slightly lesser grades will still shine out magnificently in jewellery.
  • These gemstones require artificial heat treatment to 600 °C in a gemmological oven to bring out the brilliant blue violet of the stone.
  • When buying tanzanite jewellery, bracelets are an excellent option as their dazzling blue hue will catch the light wonderfully. One of the most attractive bracelet designs to choose from is the chain, since the metal can be crafted intricately to fit many small tanzanite gems. Some of the most popular chain designs are rolo (round links) and cable (oval links), mesh and wheat (shaped similar to a braid).
  • Do not clean tanzanite jewellery in an ultrasonic or steam cleaner - simply use a soft toothbrush and clean gently in warm soapy water.

 

Zodiac & Health Benefits of Tanzanite

Tanzanite is one of the most prized of the metaphysical crystals - it is believed to aid in spiritual discovery by bringing awareness to a higher state and help enhance communication abilities. This superb gem is believed to have a high vibrational energy, aiding in psychic protection and deep meditation to unite the mind and heart. In addition, it is thought to have a calming and soothing effect, as well as being a good stone to bring strength and clarity for a career change.

The lighter blue crystals are said to help the wearer develop patience in everyday life and assists in dealing with grief. Many believe that tanzanite with a deep violet hue inspires awe and a feeling of mystery, magic, nobility and luxury. The deep indigo variety is said to combine intuition with trust, promoting the honesty and profound wisdom associated with the spiritual.

In terms of its physical healing abilities, tanzanite is believed to strengthen the immune system, detoxify the blood and improve vitality. It helps in the regeneration of skin cells and hair, while also aiding in recovery after medical or surgical procedures.

Tanzanite is not associated with any zodiac sign, however it is thought that Pisces and Aries people will be soothed by its sparkle and iridescence. The gem is nevertheless widely regarded as the birthstone for December.

Conclusion

Without a doubt, tanzanite is regarded as one of the most vibrantly stunning gems on earth, so much so that it is considered to be a precious gemstone along with diamond, emerald and ruby. This rare and exceptionally dazzling jewel is a must-have for jewellery – one of the most ideal buys would be tanzanite bracelets, since the smaller stones set into such a design would not highlight any inclusions.

Author Bio: Julia Littlewood is a Jewellery Designer. She is passionate about ornaments, gems and stones. If you want to explore the most vibrant and widest range of jewellery pieces , she suggests you to visit The Jewellery Channel. Julia loves joining parties, fashion shows, exhibitions apart from designing costume jewelleries and writing articles for her followers. 

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